Upon clicking on the ExsulCoin website, you are met with a harrowing fact. Every single minute, 20 people are being forced to abandon their homes due to violence or persecution.
If we took all of these people, who numbered over 65.5 million by the end of 2016, and put them in one place, it would create a nation larger in number than the United Kingdom.
We’re facing a refugee crisis on a global scale.
A new way to oversee humanitarian activity
James Song is the founder of ExsulCoin, a blockchain technology platform for refugee-led projects with the goal of making a real difference.
A Harvard University graduate, James has been recognized by the World Economic Forum, who named him a Young Global Leader for his work with refugees in the US, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Uganda.
ExsulCoin is a blockchain technology platform that aims to provide refugees and aid organizations with an entirely new way to oversee humanitarian activity.
Employing the immutable record of the blockchain, ExsulCoin can help refugees by providing a record of their educational and professional accomplishments and track records, as well as provide them with proven identity credentials.
For many refugees, the simple task of being able to prove who they are can be difficult, which can also pose problems when trying to access help.
“The biggest problem for refugees is education.”
Education is another hurdle that many refugees have to deal with.
To this end, the blockchain-based platform includes apps for education and vocational training.
“The biggest problem for refugees is education,” said James Song. “And even if it’s not basic education, it would be integrated-related education.”
Song believes that training offers refugees in camps the opportunity to hone job skills that can help them make a living, while apps can also provide resettled refugees with information on laws and regulations that can help them during the integration process.
At the moment, there are ExsulCoin apps that teach English fundamentals to Rohingya speakers, as well as food safety and the basics of budgeting.
Exsulcoin is just one of many startups that are trying to provide services that benefit refugees using blockchain technology.
The World Food Programme launched a platform in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp that allowed thousands of refugees access to food using eye scanning technology.
This allowed organizers to authenticate the user and deduct the money they spend on food from their aid allowance.
Initiatives such as this have kick-started debate and discussion within the charity sector about the benefits that blockchain technology can bring to help distribute aid and more importantly, avoid mismanagement or theft of funds.
A humanitarian revolution is underway, and blockchain technology is leading the charge.
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